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Posted by NYU on 07/25/2008
Went to this place for lunch and the prix fix menu is expansive. The food is very good overall and the duckling is generously portioned. The service is also very friendly (atypical of the typical french image). The ambience is good as well though not sure why most of the guests appear to be over 50 at lunch time...very few professional types/tourists.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/20/2008
This was my 2nd time going here, and it keeps getting better! I went with my family after my college graduation. The food tasted home-made and authentic. The escargot is incredible, the best Ive had. We ordered of the lunch menu, which is a great value for excellent food and service. $20.00 for app, entree, and dessert! of course we went outside the box a little. We asked if they had frog legs as well, because it was not on the dinner menu. They were nice enough to arrange that as well. My first time having frog legs and it was Delicious!!! The atmosphere is cozy! I really enjoy this resturant and highly recommend, Can't wait to go back:)
Posted by NYC resident on 02/27/2008
The monkfish with lobster sauce I ordered was inedible - two bites and I could not eat any more. My husband's meal could be choked down but tasted like something you would get at a nice hospital cafeteria. The place is filled with senior citizens. I cannot understand why there are so many good reviews on this site. The only explanation I can think of is that no one from Manhattan ever eats here so the reviews are from people who don't know what good food is. Or maybe our experience was an off night for the kitchen? I seriously doubt it. I also echo others and the NY Magazine review that the decor is so cheesy. I love the comment from the guy who said it reminded him of a restaurant he visited at the base of the eiffel tower. I'm guessing the French food around a huge Paris tourist destination is as bad as the food around Times Square. Oh, the worst part of the experient was when the waitress at Le Rivage saw that I was not eating my meal and I told her that it just did not taste good. She condescendingly told me that the taste of lobster can be a little strong, as if the problem was that I had never eaten these foods before and did not understand that they were supposed to taste like that. Um...lobster is my favorite food and I know what it's supposed to taste like. She was totally condescending to us because she assumed that because we are in our late-20s we couldn't possibly know what good food is. Think again! Please do not make the same mistake we did.
Posted by KiscoGal on 02/04/2008
Had a pre-theater dinner last Sat. with another couple and couldn't have been more pleased. Though packed to the walls at 6 p.m., no more so than any other Rest. Row eatery before the 8 p.m. curtains and the staff managed to pace our meal so that we had plenty of time to visit, while savoring each course. Never felt rushed yet easily were out and on our way by 7:40. The 4 of us chose different foods in every category and we all loved what we had. If you think of French food as fussy, overpriced or "nouvelle" (read: tiny portions) you would be wrong on all counts. And I defy you to find $35 meal in midtown which includes an appetizer and salad and main course and dessert and coffee - yet which doesn't limit you to choices like tomato juice, pasta and Jello. You get to pick from the full menu. The staff is completely efficient, warm, friendly and caring, and believe it or not, totally French! Magnifique!
Posted by Great Food on 12/10/2007
I took my boyfriend to dinner here for his birthday. The staff was very polite and although it was packed we had a great time. The food was splendid and the price was right. I had their lobster bisque, house salad, as an entree I had pork chops and for dessert I had chocolat mousse. It was heavenly...
Posted by marnie on 10/08/2007
Had dinner here on Saturday with mom before the theater. I had been to Europe last year and this reminded me of a small bistro outside of Brussels that I had lunch in. Mom had escargot and said they were the best she's had in years. I had the coquille maison and the salmon with dijonnaise sauce, very good. Great wine! Mom had a crepe filled with apples, light and airy. I had the traditional creme brulee, one of the lightest and not dense brulees I have ever had. Go here before the theater, well worth it!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/03/2007
The food was magnifique! Owned and operated by French men and women. The protions were much larger than one would expect from a true French restaurant. Go hungry as the staff is offended if you do not finish your plate.